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On 27 November, the United Nations University will hold its sixth Interactive Seminar on Global Issues. This series of seminars, which presents topics drawn from recent or forthcoming UNU Press scholarly publications, provides a forum for informed discussion among Japanese academia, civil society and the public on contemporary issues.
Since 1996, Shimadzu Corporation has supported the UNU project on Environmental Monitoring and Governance in the Asian Coastal Hydrosphere. This aim of this public- and privatesector partnership is to develop the chemical analysis capabilities of participating institutes through hands-on trainings and monitoring activities with analytical instruments provided to each partner by Shimadzu. With the successful completion of the project’s fourth phase, Shimadzu has agreed to continue to support this UNU project into a fifth phase (January 2009–December 2011).
Our lives and livelihoods are dependent on healthy ecosystems (for food and other biological resources, water, oxygen, etc.); it is crucial, therefore, that we be fully aware of the importance of biodiversity in maintaining healthy ecosystems, and work to ensure its conservation. In recognition of the importance biodiversity, the Basic Law on Biological Diversity was enacted in May 2008, and the 10th Conference of Parties (COP10) of the Convention on Biological Diversity will be held in Nagoya in 2010.
This First World Landslide Forum will be attended by organizations from academia, governments, the UN and the private sector that are involved in landslide research and education. The Forum is being organized within the scope of the “Hyogo Framework for Action 2005–2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters”, adopted at the UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction held in Kobe in 2005. The outcome of the Forum is expected to feed into the ISDR Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.
This conference [on Nov. 14], which marks 12 years of partnership between the UNU, Shimadzu Corporation and partner institutions, will focus on how academia and industry can strengthen the research and technological capacity of developing countries, and best contribute to the implementation of the Stockholm Convention in Asia.
On 11 November, the United Nations University will commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) at UN University Headquarters in Tokyo. The event, “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 60”, will include an opening address by UNU Rector Konrad Osterwalder and presentations by Prof. Yozo Yokota and Dr. Morten Pedersen.
On 31 October, the United Nations University will launch publication of the book Institutionalizing Northeast Asia: Regional Steps towards Global Governance (edited by Martina Timmermann and Jitsuo Tsuchiyama).
On 28 October, the United Nations University will host a Republic of Colombia, H.E. Francisco Santos”. This event will feature a lecture by the Vice President on “Shared Responsibility”, an anti of Colombia since 2005.
United Nations Day (UN Day) is observed annually to commemorate the founding of the United Nations on 24 October 1945. The aim is to make known to the peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the UN and to gain their support.
Contributions are now being accepted for the 25th Eisaku Sato Essay Contest. The theme of the contest this year is “Poverty in Africa: How should the United Nations address the challenge of poverty in Africa?”
Applications are now being accepted for the 8th UNU Global Seminar – Kanazawa Session. The session is open to students enrolled in a Japanese university (undergraduate or graduate level) and young professionals residing in Japan. The deadline for applications is Friday, 17 October 2008.
Participants in this two-day international symposium will explore issues relating to the silver market phenomenon, with a particular focus on innovation, product and service development, technology management, marketing and business models for the “age 50-plus” market. Policy makers, academics and practitioners will debate business responsibilities, challenges, and solutions for coping with changing demographics.
To celebrate the UN-designated International Day of Peace for 2008 and promote public awareness, the UNU will screen the Asian premiere of “Soldiers of Peace”, the feature documentary film narrated by UN Messenger for Peace and Hollywood Actor Michael Douglas, featuring Sir Bob Geldof, Sir Richard Branson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Prince Hassan of Jordan and Hans Blix. Presenting stories of people working towards peace and reconciliation in 14 countries around the world, it has been billed “The Inconvenient Truth” of peace advocacy. “Soldiers of Peace”, produced by One Tree Films, Australia, clearly demonstrates the importance of film in promoting positive change in the world.
Applications are now being accepted for the10th UNU Global Seminar Okinawa Session. The session is open to students enrolled in a Japanese university (undergraduate or graduate level) and young professionals residing in Japan.
On 25 August, the United Nations University will welcome the new trainees of this year’s Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center “Pilot Program for Human Resource Development in Asia for Peacebuilding”. This Commencement Ceremony, which marks the opening of the six-week HPC coursework for 2008, will feature addresses by HPC Director Hideaki Shinoda and UNU Rector Konrad Osterwalder, and a keynote speech by JICA Vice-President Kenzo Oshima.
This year’s UNU/UNESCO international conference (the sixth in an annual series on the effects of globalization) will examine the challenges and opportunities that globalization presents to languages and multilingualism and will identify effective strategies and policies to ensure the continued viability of the world’s languages and the fostering of linguistic diversity in society.
The opening ceremony and keynote lectures of the UNU Global Seminar – Shimane- Yamaguchi Session are free and open to the public. Media representatives are cordially invited to attend.
The Tohoku Session will open on Sunday afternoon (20 September) with public lectures. The speakers will include Prof. Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, Executive Director, Japan Foundation for United Nations University, and Prof. Charles Hopkins, York University (Canada) and Kazuhiko Takeuchi, United Nations University Vice-Rector and University of Tokyo Professor/IR3S Deputy Executive Director.
“Challenges Ahead for United Nations Peacebuilders: Lessons from the Field and the New UN Peacebuilding Architecture”: Introduction of activities by the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) and peacebuilding activities of practitioners from UN agencies.
The Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), administered by the University of Tokyo, and the United Nations University (UNU) will establish a Joint Sustainability Initiative (IR3S/UNU-JSI) as a joint partnership effort, with the ultimate objective of contributing to the achievement of global sustainability.
Dr. James E. Hansen, director of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, has issued a letter to Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda ahead of next week's G8 Summit in Hokkaido. The letter issues from Dr. Hansen's delivery of the keynote address at the UNU G8 symposium on innovation and climate change held July 4 at UNU headquarters in Tokyo. In the letter, Dr. Hansen calls for a strengthening and continuation of Japan's leadership on the matter of climate change, warning that we are approaching critical tipping points that could lead to an unstoppable rise in global sea level, shifting climatic zones, the extinction of many plant and animal species, and a freshwater supply crisis for hundreds of millions of people, among other detrimental effects.
Read Dr. Hansen's letter
President Abdoulaye Wade, third president of the Republic of Senegal, will deliver the 15th U Thant Distinguished Lecture at United Nations University on Tuesday July 8. President Wade will speak on climate change and Africa, and specifically on how African-led initiatives, such as la Grande Muraille Verte (the Great Green Wall) can contribute to combating desertification.
Just over 20 years to the day after Dr. James E. Hansen presented congressional testimony that alerted the world to the threat of climate change, Dr. Hansen, Head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and perhaps the world’s most well known climate scientist, will provide the keynote address at this UNU G8 symposium where he will be joined by a panel of the world’s leading experts and writers on the subject.
UNU has organized public seminars with Shibuya City Office since 2003. The seminars are intended to provide opportunities for lifelong learning to the residents of Shibuya as well as those who work and study in the ward. Since their inauguration, the seminars have been attended by more than a hundred people per session. This year seminars will be held each Thursday evening in July in the Elizabeth Rose Conference Hall at United Nations University Headquarter Building.
To identify and inspire realistic ways in which the 2008 G8 Summit might contribute more strongly to facilitating global and African development, and as a means of feeding the concerns of developing countries and development institutions into the Japanese-led summit preparatory process, the United Nations University, the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the G8 Research Group will convene a one-day G8/Developing Country Dialogue on 1 July. This dialogue will assess the purposes, plans, prospects and possibilities of the upcoming G8 Summit, with particular emphasis on African development in the fields of economics, trade, health, peace and security.
United Nations University Rector Konrad Osterwalder is pleased to announce the appointment of two UNU Vice-Rectors: Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi (Japan) and Prof. Govindan Parayil (India). The two appointees bring considerable expertise to their new positions and will help strengthen the strategic management and operation of UNU Centre – Tokyo, where they will be located, and the global UNU system.
The United Nations University is pleased to announce the fifth session of the UNU Interactive Seminar on Global Issues. The next session will be held on Friday, 20 June 2008. The featured lecturer will be Prof. W. Bradnee Chambers of UNU-IAS, author of the UNU Press publication Interlinkages and the Effectiveness of Multilateral Environmental Agreements. Mr. Akinori Ogawa of the UNU Environment and Sustainable Development Programme will provide a commentary, followed by an open discussion.
Participants in the 2008 UNU Global Seminar – Kobe-Awaji Session will explore current and emerging global challenges for the United Nations in such areas as peace, human security, development and environment.
The inaugural Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize laureates are Dr. Brian Greenwood of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Prof. Miriam K. Were of Kenya’s National AIDS Control Council.
Within the framework of the TICAD process, the United Nations University is organizing the following five official TICAD IV side events on 28 and 29 May. In addition, UNU Rector Konrad Osterwalder will participate in the TICAD IV session on “Addressing Environmental Issues / Climate Change” and will act as leader of the session focusing on “Adaptation / Disaster Prevention”.
For more information about the UNU and TICAD IV, see www.unu.edu/africa/ticad/.
The session will open on Monday afternoon (1 September) with keynote lectures by Anthony McGrew, Professor, University of Southampton, U.K., and Tatsuo Kunugi, Visiting Professor UNU-Institute for Advanced Studies, Japan. Media representatives are cordially invited to attend.
Participants in this meeting will discuss the ever-increasing influence of climate change and the role of Japan for its mitigation, as well as the necessity to move further towards realization of a low-carbon, sustainable-consumption society.
Mr.Ahtisaari will deliver the fourteenth U Thant Distinguished Lecture at UNU Headquarters, Tokyo, on Monday, 26 May. His lecture, entitled “Negotiating Peace in Africa, Asia and Europe”, will draw upon his extensive experience to highlight our shared responsibility to help and protect our fellow human beings.
Sustainable Cities: Japanese Perspectives on Physical and Social Structures draws upon the experiences of Japan as a result of its rapid economic and urban growth to provide insights for urban researchers and practitioners worldwide. In doing so, it examines the tensions between sociological and technological approaches and the dichotomy between planning professionals and civil society.
Within the framework of the TICAD process, the United Nations University will organize five official side events on topics of relevance to African development as well as other related public events. It also is anticipated that the Rector of the UNU will participate in the TICAD IV session entitled “Addressing Environmental Changes” and will act as leader of the session focusing on “Adaptation and Disaster Prevention”.
May 22 is celebrated annually as the United Nations International Day for Biological Diversity to draw attention to the importance of biological diversity and its importance to sustainable human development. The focus this year is on biodiversity and agriculture.
The United Nations University is pleased to announce the third session of the UNU Interactive Seminar on Global Issues to be held Friday, 18 April 2008. The featured lecturer will be Dr. Yasuko Kameyama of the National Institute for Environmental Studies, co-editor of the forthcoming UNU Press book Climate Change in Asia: Perspectives on the Future Climate Regime.
Applications are now being accepted for the 4th annual UNU Global Seminar – Shimane-Yamaguchi Session. The session is open to students enrolled in a Japanese university (undergraduate or graduate level) and young professionals residing in Japan.
A joint Sweden-Japan Symposium on Sustainable Urban Development will be held on 17 April 2008, at the United Nations University in Tokyo.
The Tokyo Peacebuilders Symposium 2008 symposium will draw insights from peacebuilding practitioners and academics, from Asia and other regions of the world, to feed into global peacebuilding efforts. The focus will be on contributing to peacebuilding from an Asian perspective and on strengthening regional and global networks in this field.
The second UNU Interactive Seminar on Global Issues features Professor Mikiyasu Nakayama of the Graduate School of Frontier Science at the University of Tokyo who will critically assess the challenges of water resources in the 21st century. With a commentary by Professor Emeritus Yutaka Takahashi of the University of Tokyo.
International Women’s Day 2008 Public Forum. This year's theme is Investing in Women and Girls.
10 March 2008 (Monday), 2:00–7:00 PM
U Thant International Conference Hall, UNU Headquarters, Tokyo
The Model United Nations is a simulation of a UN conference in which student participants act as delegates of an assigned country. The aim of the conference is to pass a resolution that will be a comprehensive solution to the problem that serves as the agenda item. This draft resolution is put through a voting process in which each country casts one vote.
The United Nations University is pleased to announce the launch of a new public seminar series on issues of global concern as they relate to Japan. Providing a forum for informed discussion among Japanese academia, civil society and the public, the UNU Interactive Seminar on Global Issues series will focus on topics drawn from recent or forthcoming UNU Press scholarly publications, with contributors to each book appearing as seminar speakers.
Today, 4 February, United Nations University launches the UNU OpenCourseWare Portal, accessible at ocw.unu.edu. Initially, the UNU OpenCourseWare Portal offers open access to about a dozen courses developed by three of UNU's Research and Training Centres and Programmes (RTC/Ps) and the Tokyo-based UNU Media Studio.
Prof. Vitit Muntarbhorn, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), will visit Japan from 14 to 18 January on an official mission. The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK is mandated to investigate and report to the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly on conditions relating to human rights in the DPRK, including compliance with its obligations under both international human rights instruments and international humanitarian law.
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